Preparing graduates to work as technical personnel for the Prosthetic and Orthotic profession for more than 20 years.

This program is unique in Canada.

Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician is a practice-oriented, hands-on program that teaches students to be competent with many hand tools and specialized machines used in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This program is unique in Canada.

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Orthotic/ Prostetic technician working in the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


Program name
Orthotic / Prosthetic Technician
Experiential learning
Required in semesters 3 and 4
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician is a practice-oriented, hands-on program that teaches students to be competent in the use of many hand tools and specialized machines for the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices.

This is a full-time program open only to domestic students, with classes starting every September. (Winter and summer start options are not available.) It is taught at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre by faculty currently working in the field.

To be considered, applications must be submitted to by February 1 of each year.

Over the course of two years, students will learn how to make the following devices to help rehabilitate individuals with disabilities:

  • orthoses (braces and splints)
  • prostheses (artificial limbs)

New techniques, including additive design and manufacture (3D printing), support the demand for technically competent people in this field.

The orthotic/prosthetic technician makes prostheses and orthoses from technical specifications, measurements and positive plaster casts using a variety of materials, such as:

  • thermosetting resins
  • thermoforming plastics
  • metal
  • fabrics
  • leather

You should consider applying if you have:

  • good hand skills
  • a strong background in math and human sciences

female student working in an orthotic/prosthetic lab

Part Time Study Options

This program is not available part-time.

Experiential Learning

Required in semesters 3 and 4

Your Field Study options

Field education plays an integral role in this program by providing both practical experience and additional learning opportunities outside of the program's curriculum. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience by completing four weeks of placement (37.5 hours/week) under the supervision of either a certified prosthetic/orthotic clinician or a registered prosthetic/orthotic technician. Not only does it provide the opportunity for students to start developing their own professional network, but it allows them to get a better understanding of a typical work environment and their role with other prosthetic/orthotic clinic members.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Perform all primary fabricating procedures such as vacuum molding, laminations, bending and aligning components, and other such processes.
  2. Perform all required technical skills such as fastening, sanding, gluing, cutting, drilling, etc., at a reasonable competence.
  3. Identify and perform tasks involved in the repair and maintenance of prostheses and orthoses.
  4. Identify and describe the common materials used in orthotic and prosthetic practise and demonstrate the proper use of such materials.
  5. Develop an efficient and effective protocol for the fabrication of orthoses and prostheses, based on the appropriate prescription and directions of the Certified Orthotist or Prosthetist.
  6. Identify and demonstrate the proper procedures, operating specifications and common safety practices in the use of machines, tools and the handling of materials required in the fabrication of orthoses and prostheses.
  7. Demonstrate a competent knowledge in the application and function of common orthotic and prosthetic appliances and their corresponding components and systems.
  8. Demonstrate the common orthotic and prosthetic bench or static alignment procedures necessary to prepare the orthotic or prosthetic appliance for patient fitting and articulate the principles (biomechanical, anatomical, etc.) used in determining such alignments.
  9. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the pertinent biomechanical, anatomical, physiological, and pathological concepts necessary for the effective implementation of technical and clinical procedures in the delivery of orthotic and prosthetic care.
  10. Appreciate the need to keep abreast of new techniques and developments with respect to orthotic and prosthetic care and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the research and development of more effective prosthetic and orthotic designs and procedures.
  11. Appreciate the roles the Orthotic/Prosthetic professional bodies play in the maintenance of standards and the development of the profession and be willing to contribute towards its advancement.
  12. Appreciate the roles of the various health team members involved in the delivery of orthotic and prosthetic care.
  13. Be familiar with issues related to the supervision of support personnel and laboratory activities and also the administrative duties required in the management of a prosthetic/orthotic practise.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ORTH1007Materials and Laboratory Techniques I
KINE1010Kinesiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics Technicians I
ORTH1008Fabrication Theory I
COMM1007College English
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ORTH1009Materials and Laboratory Techniques II
ORTH1010Fabrication Theory II
KINE1014Kinesiology for Orthotics/Prosthetics Technicians II
GNEDGeneral Education Elective (choose two)


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ORTH2009Materials and Laboratory Techniques III
ORTH2011Externally Powered Orthotics/Prosthetics Rehabilitation
ORTH2010Fabrication Theory III
KINE1003Kinesiology/Biomechanics for Technicians I
ORTH2012Pre-Graduate Work Experience I
GSCI1056Computers in Our Society


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ORTH2016Materials and Laboratory Techniques
ORTH2015Professional Issues in Orthotics/Prosthetics
ORTH2013Pre-Graduate Work Experience II
ORTH2017Fabrication Theory IV
KINE1005Kinesiology/Biomechanics for Technicians II
ORTH2014Advanced Material Orthotics/Prosthetics Techniques

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

Two years after graduation, alumni will be eligible to apply for professional registration with Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (formerly the "Canadian Board of Certification").

Excellent employment opportunities are available across Canada in:

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centres
  • private facilities

Future Study Options

Graduates of this program with a B.Sc. or equivalent degree who wish to continue their studies may qualify to apply to the Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics (Postgraduate) program.

See the S407 Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics program web page for full admission requirements.


$6,373.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

This program does not accept International students.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and the selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U) or Grade 12 (U)
  • Post-secondary (college or university) courses that are equivalent to the secondary school requirements stated will be accepted (certain courses only)
  • Department interview (in person), including a written test (English, Math, Human Anatomy), dexterity test and problem solving tasks

Please note: Physics courses are recommended prior to starting the program.

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** Mature student status (19 years or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, Math or Science, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English, Math or Science.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

This program is available to domestic applicants only.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Special Requirements

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Pre-placement Health Form (for second year students only)

  • Second year students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (for second year students only)

  • In compliance with requests from our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police record check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police reference check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at and

Success Stories

"Thanks to George Brown, I was able to enter a unique program where biomechanics, human systems, and innovation collaborate to enhance quality of life. Today, not only do I have the skills and knowledge to secure a job but the confidence to excel in a field that I love."

Jennifer Dhawan (Graduate 2015, Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician; Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics student at Loma Linda University)

"The program is very, very hands-on. In addition to the academic side dealing with anatomy, pathology and biomechanics, we have two lab days per week where there's a full working shop. The program coordinators and all of the instructors are really passionate and very dedicated people. They really want to see you succeed.

I love the interaction that I get within the healthcare facility. But coupled with that, I get to work in a working shop. I get to build and put things together all day. We have a plaster room, a laminating room, a sewing room, a machine room with special sanders and grinders. I get to use all my own tools. God, it's great."

Paul Hanas (Graduate 2012, Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician)

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